WrestleMania season generally tends to bring about plenty of change to the WWE product as many storylines come to an end and new ones begin. That doesn't mean that there will necessarily be wholesale title changes at WrestleMania XXIX, but there are a few that are in definite danger of switching hands.
There are more titles on the line this year than there have been for the past couple years, so the odds of sweeping changes have definitely gone up. Not only will the WWE and World Heavyweight Championships be up for grabs, but the Tag Team and Intercontinental Championships will be defended as well. Also, while nothing has been announced, it stands to reason that the United States and Divas Championships could be contested on the hour-long pre-show.
WrestleMania is all about involving the best of the best, and that means putting as many champions on the card as possible. Among the titles that we already know will be on the line at 'Mania, though, here are three that are guaranteed to be held by someone new at the end of the night.
Which title is most likely to change hands at WrestleMania XXIX?
Ever since The Rock beat John Cena at WrestleMania XXVIII, the WWE has been building toward Cena getting redemption. The Rock won the WWE Championship at the Royal Rumble, but Cena won the Rumble match itself, so another main-event showdown is on tap. As much as many fans would probably like to see The Rock retain, it simply wouldn't make sense from a storyline standpoint. The only logical way for this feud to end is with Cena standing tall.
The WWE has really played up the angle that 2012 was the worst year of Cena's career. That isn't really true since he did manage to beat Brock Lesnar at Extreme Rules and win Money in the Bank, but he did experience some professional and personal failures. Cena seems to feel that the only way for him to make up for 2012 is to beat The Rock for the WWE Championship at WrestleMania.
Talk of a Cena heel turn has picked up steam, and while the odds of that happening are pretty slim at this point, that would probably lead to Cena winning as well. There isn't a realistic scenario out there that ends with The Rock leaving WrestleMania XXIX with the WWE Championship. There are a few locks on this card, but Cena beating The Rock tops them all.
Although it will be featured on the pre-show rather than the main card, Wade Barrett is scheduled to defend the Intercontinental Championship against The Miz. Both men are in desperate need of momentum, so it seems like this match could go either way on the surface. Barrett's IC title reign has been an unequivocal disaster, though, through no fault of his own. A change for the sake of making a change appears to be in order, so The Miz figures to come out on top.
Miz had a run with the Intercontinental Championship last summer and most would consider that to be a failure as well. Again, that had more to do with the creative team than The Miz himself. The writers seem to be clueless about how to properly book mid-card champions and that has caused the mid-card titles to be devalued. Perhaps if Miz wins the IC title at WrestleMania and goes on to have a fruitful reign, things will change.
There is no question that The Miz needs a spark of some sort as his face turn has been handled quite poorly. When he initially turned it appeared as though he was on the fast track back to the main event, but things haven't gone in that direction. The Miz is essentially the WWE's top mid-card guy at the moment, so putting the once-prestigious Intercontinental Championship around his waist is the right move for Miz and the title.
World Heavyweight Championship
Many seem to think that Alberto Del Rio will retain the World Heavyweight Championship against Jack Swagger at WrestleMania, but there are plenty of signs pointing in Swagger's favor. Del Rio garnered a lot of fan interest when he first turned face and eventually won the title, however, he has gone back to being stale over the past several weeks. Maybe Swagger isn't the most exciting superstar out there either, but at least he has a definitive gimmick and a world-class mouthpiece in the form of Zeb Colter.
Also, a quick look up and down the card suggests that faces will win the vast majority of the matches. That isn't exactly a new concept in wrestling, but the only surefire heel winners are Fandango and The Shield. It's doubtful that faces will prevail in the other eight matches, so the law of averages pretty much dictates that Swagger winning is a decent bet. Even if Swagger doesn't win, the threat of Dolph Ziggler is constant.
The Showoff still hasn't cashed in the Money in the Bank contract he won last summer, and he only has until the next Money in the Bank pay-per-view to do so. Time is definitely running short for Ziggler, so he could very well decide to cash in on Del Rio. In fact, the title could even change hands twice if Swagger wins and Ziggler then cashes in on him. There are too many possibilities present when it comes to the World Heavyweight Championship, so it's tough to see Del Rio walking away with it.